Lewis LittleDurham, N.C. — It was late evening on July 15, 2013, when 19-year-old North Carolina Central University sophomore Lewis James Little was finally released after a month of incarceration for a murder he did not commit. Several charges against Little — including first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony conspiracy — have been formally dismissed as an “honest mistake.” Little, however, has been left to pick up the pieces of an experience worthy of a Lifetime Hardship Award.On the evening of June 20, Little and five of his friends left The Mews apartment complex to meet and socialize with other acquaintances at 414 Melbourne St. in Northeast Durham. As they arrived by car, they spotted the body of an adult male lying in the street. After departing from their car, they approached the body “to find out why someone would just be laying in the street like that.”Little and his friends were careful to observe what appeared to be a potential crime scene without touching or disturbing anything. After prompting the man to get up several times and inquiring about his safety without getting a response, Little called Durham police. The man on the ground was 25-year-old Michael Lee, who was in critical condition as he lay there wheezing his last few breaths. Worried and confused, Little and his friends stood beside Lee, as a small crowd of community members began to gather.When Durham police finally arrived, they attempted to gather information on what had transpired. Little, his friends and several others were questioned about what they may have seen or heard. Shortly afterwards, Little was singled out by a Durham police officer, K. Hempstead, and questioned more abrasively. Without explanation, Little was then informed that he was being detained for further questioning at the Durham Police Department’s headquarters at 505 West Chapel Hill St.Hempstead locked Little in handcuffs and placed him in the back seat of his police squad car. At the police station, Little was taken to an interrogation room and read his rights. Though investigators attempted to intimidate Little as they interrogated him, he vehemently declared his innocence.After hours of tedious questioning and waiting in the interrogation room, Little was ordered to “strip down” and remove all articles of clothing in front of male and female officers. His keys, clothing, cell phone, shoes and watch were all confiscated. Little was outfitted in an oversized white paper jumpsuit. Investigators took fingerprints and DNA samples. Little sat there handcuffed to a steel chair until daylight the next morning. After the department’s morning shift change, he was taken to the Durham County Jail, where news cameras and reporters were waiting to catch a glimpse of his face.From stellar student to inmateLittle attempted to explain to the magistrate that there must be a case of mistaken identity, that he was the person who initially called the police. He explained that he even waited with the body until police came. This was all to no avail. Little was issued a $1.4 million bond. He was booked, processed and outfitted from the paper jumpsuit he was wearing into a Durham County Jail orange one-piece.Officially an inmate, Little was taken upstairs to a section called “23 and 1,” where he was only allowed out of the section for one hour a day to walk around indoors. He remained there for the weekend before being transferred to general population that Monday night. Unable to afford bond, Little was kept there for an entire month without his friends and family, deprived of campus activities and summer school classes.While unjustly incarcerated for crimes he did not commit, Little was only able to speak to a few people: his mother, members of the NAACP and his court-appointed attorney, Alexander Charns. While Little was incarcerated, the friends he was with when they discovered the body wrote statements on his behalf attesting to his whereabouts. Little had visited the home of a friend who resided across the street from where Lee was killed. The friend had lived there for more than 15 years, and Little had been to that home hundreds of times.During Little’s one-month jail stint, he was kept in limbo about why he had mysteriously been singled out and falsely apprehended. In a matter of minutes, Little went from calling the police to being arrested and stripped of his human rights. In his case, a young man was found guilty until proven innocent — no jury needed, only the police department.To Little’s surprise, one evening he was informed by a correctional officer that he was being released in a few minutes and that he should gather his belongings. After a month of degradation, humiliation, slander and embarrassment, Little was finally released and was greeted by a small group of close friends and family members.‘Sorry for the inconvenience’ say copsLittle’s mother was informed that his $1.4 million bond was officially recalled. After his release, Little’s charges were dismissed. The district attorney who presided over his case apologized for the “inconvenience.” The Durham Police Department offered no comment. Little’s release was just in time for the first semester of his sophomore year at North Carolina Central University, where he is majoring in mass communications.Prior to this humiliating debacle, Little had never been in any trouble with the law; he had never been charged with a misdemeanor or felony. He was a stellar student at Southern High School’s School of Engineering and has always been engaged in the community. Now, Little is having difficulty finding employment. Though the charges have been dismissed, they are still on his record. Little’s classmates and professors are empathetic, but don’t know where to begin.“I’m still trying to get myself straight,” he said. “I was ordered to strip naked for crimes I did not commit. I walked into the Durham County Jail with no shoes on and metal shackles on my hands and feet. You never forget an experience like that.”Little is also concerned about his reputation being destroyed. He commented: “You used to not be able to google my name on the Internet. Now you can. According to the reports, I broke into someone’s home, kidnapped them and killed a man last year. And that’s not true at all. I’m a college student who looks forward to learning every day. Who’s going to repair my name? Who’s going to take my mug shot off the Internet? This is not justice.”Little is back in classes for his sophomore year’s spring semester. Five months after Little was wrongfully incarcerated for crimes he did not commit, the word of his horrific experience is beginning to buzz around campus. Students are upset and have organized a small support group.No, Mr. Little, this is not justice. Maybe the Durham Police Department will make this right by sponsoring the remainder of your education. Then again, maybe not.Many victims of DPDLittle is one of many who have been falsely arrested by the Durham Police Department. Additionally, acts of police violence have occurred with regularity in this city against African Americans and Latinos/as, many of them fatal.Here are the names of some of those attacked by Durham police just in the last year and a half. Stephanie Nickerson, 25, who is African American and a Navy veteran, was brutally assaulted by police in the late fall of 2012 and then falsely arrested. A campaign won the dropping of all charges against her.In late 2012, 21-year-old Carlos Riley Jr., who is African American was assaulted by a police officer, and then unjustly incarcerated.Beloved Honduran father Jose Ocampo, 33, was shot four times by Durham police in the summer of 2013. An autopsy confirmed that a gunshot to the head killed him.Derek Walker, 26-year-old African American was shot and killed by police in September 2013.While in a police car and handcuffed, 17-year-old high school student, Jesus Huerta, died of a fatal gunshot in November 2013. Two hundred of his friends and supporters held a vigil in Durham a month after his death, holding high a banner proclaiming, “Murdered By Police!” The police responded by lobbing tear gas and arresting protesters.These people will never be forgotten by their friends and supporters nor by their communities and the progressive movement. As the struggle moves on to protest police violence, we will remember all of their names while demanding justice for them and all victims of state repression and brutality.Durham-based activist Lamont Lilly is a contributing editor with the Triangle Free Press, a Human Rights Delegate with Witness for Peace and an organizer with Workers World Party.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Linkedin Email Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Previous articleUL to host 2019 Collingwood Cup FinalsNext articleWebsite uncovers Newcastle West’s hidden gems Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsGarda video initiative goes on trial in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – December 5, 2018 2020 Garda Bryan Duddy displaying the new Garda video app alongside his specially equipped BMW motorbike.Photo: Brian ArthurAN INITIATIVE that involves live video footage from traffic checkpoints bring transmitted to Garda headquarters is being piloted in Limerick city in a bid to curb criminal activity.The footage, captured by mobile phone or motorbike mounted cameras by road policing Gardaí in Limerick, is beamed to Dublin through a new Garda mobile app used by members of the units.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Video from Garda checkpoints or from pursuits is transmitted directly to Garda headquarters in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.While Garda management is understood to be reviewing the application of the system nationwide, the details of a full implementation is being teased out as the feed has no evidential use in court case as it is not stored or recorded.However it is seen as a significant advance in the Garda’s efforts to detect and prosecute criminal activity. While the initiative was introduced on a trial basis, its implementation across all Garda divisions will require additional funding from the Department of Justice.Garda Bryan Duddy told the Limerick Post that “embracing technology in the context of modern policing is both exciting and challenging.“It will change the future of the way we police and it will increase the visibility and effectiveness of Gardaí on the roads,” he said.Garda Duddy, who is a member of the Roads Policing Unit at Henry Street Garda Station, added that the new technology will greatly benefit traffic policing.The Limerick-based Garda is using a new state-of-the-art BMW RT1200 motorbike which is also equipped with technology that can relay scan number plates of cars.The bike is fitted with ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology which has the ability to scan the registration plates of up to 150 cars in three minutes.The system eliminates the need for officers to call in driver or car details to a station.Aside from the bike’s capabilities in relaying live feed information as well as the ANPR features, the bike can go from 0 to 60kmph in three seconds and and has a top speed of 240kmph.The bike and its technology can be seen this Friday from 2pm to 7pm at the Crescent Shopping Centre. TAGSCrimeLimerick City and CountyNews Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Print Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?
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Teenagers India Clyburn and Bradley Moore have sealed impressive seasons by each topping the table in the England Golf junior Orders of Merit.Moore, 17, from Kedleston Park in Derbyshire, won the Titleist/FootJoy boys’ Order of Merit for a record second successive year. Meanwhile, Clyburn, 18, from Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, collected a host of titles to win the Ascot Golf girls’ Order of Merit in her final year as a junior.Moore, an England and Great Britain boy international, led the way with more than 60,000 points, over 10,000 ahead of his international colleague and good friend Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), while Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) was third.“I’m really pleased to top the merit list for the second time,” said Moore. “What makes it more rewarding is that I played less boys’ events this year because of exams.“But I’ve got my game up to another level because I’ve had more top threes this year while I had a lot of top tens in 2013.”Moore had two significant victories this year. He won the Midland boys’ qualifying and the Irish boys’ open at Thurles, while he finished runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy – where he was defending champion – and in the English boys’ championship for the Carris Trophy. He was also a quarter finalist in the British boys’ championship.India is the second Clyburn to win the girls’ Order of Merit, following in the footsteps of her sister, Holly, who took the title in 2009 and has gone on to become a winner on the Ladies European Tour.India kick-started her year when she represented England in the European girls’ team championship. “It was a really good experience and it set me up. I was so happy to be picked for the team and playing well against the top Europeans gave me confidence.”Within a week she won the Scottish junior open by a record 12 shots and she went on to win the English girls’ championship, the girls’ title at the Daily Telegraph junior championship and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. She was also in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals – winning all six of her matches at the girls’ event.India, who will be going to North Carolina State University in the USA next year, commented: “Winning the order of merit is a good achievement because it sums up your year.”Leading points totalsFootJoy/Titleist boys Order of Merit:1. Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) 60,1782. Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest) 50,0003. Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood) 33,1644. Jamie Li (Bath) 32,9565. Oliver Farrell (Evesham) 25,8176. Matty Lamb (Hexham) 25,0487. Jamie Dick (Forest Hills) 24,9118. Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak) 23,2289. Harry Hall (West Cornwall) 21,80710. George Gardner (Castle Royle) 19,880Ascot Golf girls’ Order of Merit1. India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 755.0002. Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) 682.5003. Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 537.5004. Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) 491.3335. Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) 488.8756. Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) 482.8337. Lizzie Prior (Burhill) 475.8338. Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon Park) 474.0009. Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) 399.500.10. Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe) 391.500Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 4 Dec 2014 Clyburn and Moore win junior Orders of Merit